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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 4 January 2018

This announced inspection took place on 8 and 17 November 2017. This service is a domiciliary care agency. It provides support with personal care to people living in their own houses and flats in the community. It provides a service to older adults. At the time of our inspection the service was providing support to five people.

The service had a registered manager. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service. Like registered providers, they are ‘registered persons’. Registered persons have legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated Regulations about how the service is run.

Staff were aware of their responsibilities to raise any concerns either within the service or to external bodies if appropriate. The service had policies and procedures in place to deal with safeguarding concerns.

The service had worked to minimise risks to people receiving care and support. Care plans provided guidance for staff on the care and support to be provided and how identified risks were addressed. Risk assessments were regularly reviewed and updated to ensure they remained up to date with people’s changing needs.

Before employing staff the service carried out appropriate checks to ensure that new staff were suitable to work in the care industry. Staff received the appropriate training to ensure they provided safe and effective care and support. The service ensured that this training was regularly updated. Staff received regular monitoring and support from the service to ensure they provided a good quality of care. There were sufficient staff to provide the care and support people required.

Where the service supported people with their medicines this was carried out safely. Staff were trained in the administration of medicines and the service had an appropriate policy in place.

Care plans were regularly reviewed with the full involvement of people and their relatives to ensure they remained current and that the service was meeting their changing needs. People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible; the policies and systems in the service supported this practice.

People received support from a regular team of care staff who they had developed good relationships with. People told us that staff treated them with respect supporting their dignity and independence. Care staff supported people to be as independent as they were able.

The service encouraged people to provide feedback about the quality of the service they received. The registered manager knew all of the people the service supported. People told us that they would have no hesitation in contacting the service if they had any concerns. There was a formal complaints procedure which people were aware of.

There were quality assurance processes in place including audits and satisfaction surveys. The registered manager responded promptly to any concerns. Staff were involved in the development and direction of the service.

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 4 January 2018

The service was safe.

Staff were trained in safeguarding procedures and knew how to identify signs of abuse and the procedure for reporting their concerns.

Risks to people were assessed and plans were in place to mitigate any identified risks.

People were supported by staff that had been recruited and appropriate checks were carried out to ensure they were suitable to work in the care industry.

Staff were trained in medicines administration and supported people to receive their medicines safely.

Effective

Good

Updated 4 January 2018

The service was effective.

Staff received the training and support they required to meet people's needs effectively.

Staff and the registered manager understood their roles and responsibilities under the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005.

Staff made timely referrals to healthcare professionals.

Caring

Good

Updated 4 January 2018

The service was caring.

People told us that staff were caring and kind towards them.

Staff knew people and understood their needs. They had developed positive relationships with people.

Responsive

Good

Updated 4 January 2018

The service was responsive.

People's needs were assessed and their care was planned and delivered to meet their individual needs and requirements.

Regular reviews of care and support ensured it remained person-centred and relevant to the needs of the person.

People knew how to make a complaint. No complaints had been received in the past 12 months.

Well-led

Good

Updated 4 January 2018

The service was well-led.

The service demonstrated an open and empowering culture.

There were systems and processes in place to ensure the quality of the service.

The service complied with legal requirements regarding notifications.